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India News on January 1, 2011

No scope for controversy over Home Minister's letters to Bhattacharjee: Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said there is no scope for any controversy over the letters that were sent by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to take note of the prevailing law and order situation. ANI

Jharkhand Govt. to organise cabinet meetings in district headquarters : Munda
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Saturday said the State Government will organise cabinet meetings in district headquarters and remote villages to increase transparency at various administrative levels. ANI

AIADMK alliance committed to overthrow Congress-DMK compile in assembly polls: Vaiko
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko expressing confidence that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) alliance will overthrow the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-Congress alliance in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls due in May, on Saturday demanded a (JPC) probe into the 2G-spectrum scam. ANI

Madhya Pradesh Police arrest two militants in Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh Police took into its custody two suspected militants here on Saturday. ANI

Meira Kumar, Sushma Swaraj greet nation on New Year 2011
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj greeted the nation on the beginning of New Year 2011 on Saturday. ANI

Himachal receives season's first snowfall
The long wait for tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala city was over on Saturday, as the region received its first snowfall of the season along with some heavy showers. ANI

Assam CM Gogoi hopes for peace on ULFA front after Rajkhowa's release
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi expressing his delight over the release of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, on Saturday said that he hopes for the beginning of peace talks between the two sides. ANI

Lalu Yadav visits Jagannath temple to celebrate New Year
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav visited the Jagannath temple here on Saturday to mark the beginning of the New Year with god's blessings. ANI

UP hosts 'Kapilvastu Mahotsav' to highlight teachings of Buddha
A five-day long festival 'Kapilvastu Mahotsav' is being organised in Uttar Pradesh's Siddharthnagar district to highlight the teachings of Lord Buddha. ANI

Campaign launched to save birds from kite's thread in Surat
A non-governmental organisation (NGO) launched an awareness campaign in Gujarat's Surat city to save birds that get killed by the kite threads during the Makar Sankranti, a festival of harvest. ANI

Devotees offer prayers, hold peace march to celebrate New Year
Devotees marked the beginning of New Year by offering prayers at Golden temple in Amritsar for peaceful life throughout year. ANI

Delhi NGO observes January 1 as 'No Honking Day
In an endeavor to end the nuisance of honking, a non-governmental organisation 'The Earth Saviours Foundation' is observing January 1 as 'No Honking Day' with support of the Delhi Police here. ANI

Hindu fundamentalist group protest New Year celebrations in Coimbatore
The activists of Hindu fundamentalist group 'Bharath Sena' protested outside hotels, which have organised New Year celebration parties, in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore city on Saturday. ANI

India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations
India and Pakistan have exchanged through diplomatic channels the list of their nuclear installations for the 20th consecutive year under an agreement, which prohibits any kind of attack on such facilities. ANI

Bankura residents say Maoist activities have reduced in the last one year
Residents of West Bengal's Bankura district said Maoist activities in the region have reduced in the last year. ANI

Fire breaks out in Mumbai's slum area
A massive fire broke out in slum area of Mumbai on Saturday morning. ANI

Snowfall to help apple crop in Jammu and Kashmir
Apple growers have welcomed snowfall in the Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

Bhopal Police arrest two HuJI terrorists
Bhopal Police arrested two Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) terrorists late on Friday night. ANI

Pilgrims throng Vaishno Devi on New Year
Thousands of pilgrims have converged at Katra town on their way to the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. ANI

N.Korea wants to end its hostility with South Korea
North Korea has reportedly called on South Korea to come forward for a dialogue, saying both countries should end their hostilities. ANI

Air Marshal N. A. K. Browne takes over as new Indian Air Force vice-chief
Air Marshal N. A. K. Browne took over as the new vice chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) here on Saturday. ANI

RBI to probe Citibank scam in Gurgaon
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has begun a probe into the Rs. 300 crore scam that took place at the Gurgaon branch of Citibank. ANI

ULFA chief Rajkhowa released from jail
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa was released from jail on Saturday, a year after being nabbed by Bangladesh security agencies and handed over to the Indian authorities. ANI

Scribes take out peace rally in Assam
Scribes carried out a peace rally in Guwahati to mark the beginning of New Year, 2011, in the insurgency affected Assam. ANI

Specially abled persons protest against delay of new Disability Law
Various specially abled groups organised a candle light demonstration outside the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik's residence on Friday to protest against the delay in drafting of the new Disability Law. ANI

New Year celebrations amid tight security across the country
People across the country welcomed the New Year amid tight security measures with major cities like New Delhi and Mumbai almost shut down. ANI

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